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Yet another emergency road closure, click here    Still some tickets left for Barn Dance, see below.
Please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101.  

Road closure coming soon, click here for details

Ken Munro is the news editor. Please let him know about village news and events via Contact Us on the main menu or on 07880801674 

The DIARY – Click here

Featuring Shotesham Common – our Common is a wonderful place to be at any time of year. We now have a complete circular path to take you round the church end of the common and it can also be accessed from the back of the pond. And, although our wild flowers are receding, you never know what you might meet out there…

Mike’s owl

..get out and be inspired! Thoughts of a frequent visitor…

With the help of the experts at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Sunday 23rd September will see us going Wild about Shotesham Common! From 2-5pm, it’ll be a great day out for kids of all ages and for anyone who wants to explore the sometimes invisible joys of our common – poster here.

Discover the amazing wildlife, take part in a guided walk, join in with a minibeast safari, have a go at dyke dipping, make a bird box and explore the common through our treasure hunt. There will a car park in Jeff’s field off Priory Lane at south west end of the common and refreshments will be available in All Saints Church. Lots to do, plenty to see, suitable for all ages, no need to book just turn up on the day. All activities are free (£2 for bird boxes), small charge for refreshments. For more info on NWT events, including ours, visit www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

We’re looking for volunteers to assist on the day, and also with some setting up before the event. If you’d like to help, please let us know – Lindsay 550285 / Bernie 558407 or via the Contact Us button at the top of this page.

In the meantime, see if you can spot any of these….

The Shotesham Conservation Area consultation period has concluded and we await the outcome with interest, in the meantime all info can still be found at this link.

Talking of Conservation….. more dates for conservation to follow soon, watch this space! 

Walking Group News. Excellent varied walk on Thursday 6th with two commons, Tas valley pathway and open fields, enjoyed by all in the sunshine with a beer at Worlds End to finish. Next walk on Sunday 30th September, see diary for details. Please note, due to the morning after the night before, this will be an afternoon walk!  

Full house last Friday for the first movie of the season, something a little different for October! SHOTESHAM SCREEN PRESENTS….

The Fireman, starring Charlie Chaplin (25 mins), a hilarious laugh out loud comedy. Continuing with the Films with Friends theme, the film will be preceded by an engaging and thoughtful presentation by Conrad Debney – qualified psychiatric nurse specialising in people living with dementia. Please join us for this informal evening, with free refreshments, all for the much reduced price of £3. Friday 12th October 7.30pm @ The Trinity. For further information and bookings call Raz on 550122 razwoollacott@gmail.com. In the meantime, news about an event for all carers here. 

On the entertainment front, the Barn Dance is back on Saturday 29th September, 7-11pm. Once again Mr Howard has generously offered the use of his field for a Ceilidh, with live music,  food, and hopefully weather, included in a meagre ticket price of £12.50 (not £10 as previously advertised….sorry!) and BYOB (bring your own booze, or indeed softer stuff!). Tickets from Ken at resotan@aol.com or 550736.   

All Saints Bell Project. We are planning major improvements to the bells in All Saints church, latest update…    

1. Applied for grant from Shell
2. Provisional start date for work 3 December.
3. We asked for volunteers to help the bell hanger reducing cost by over £5,000. We will need 2 volunteers each work day over a period of, I think, about 3 or 4 weeks. So far I have 10 on my list.
4 Hope some funds will be raised providing teas at the nature event in September.
Thanks very much to SVA and all who have supported us. Click here for more information.

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local policeman is PC 1200 Stu Sansbury who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, Stu can be contacted on;

• Direct Dial to Poringland PS: 01603 276207  

Local Police info – September Newsletter

News from Norfolk Police Commissioner June 2018 

(Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)